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Dr Robert Woods – Director

team-robert-woodsRobert began his role at INCA in August 2007, having pursued a career in the chemical industry, initially as a Research and Development Chemist, but then in manufacturing, change management and training, much of this on Teesside.

His wealth of knowledge about and experience of manufacturing is supplemented by his passion for wildlife. Keen to work in conservation, he sought a career change and for a number of years he studied Environmental Conservation part-time at Oxford University, which led to his qualification as an Ecologist in 2007. His knowledge, experience and skill-base all fit well with the niche that INCA fills.

He has a life long interest in Entomology, especially Lepidoptera.

Ian Bond – Ecologist

Ian joined INCA from Hartlepool Council in 2015, where he worked as an ecologist for 12 years and prior to that he worked in Stockton Council’s countryside team for several years.  His work with Hartlepool focused mainly on planning but more recently included providing ecological services to external clients.  Ian is a Chartered Environmentalist and was secretary of the North East section of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management for several years.

Ian has a wide range of interests in natural history but particularly in mammals.  He is the editor of the recent book, “Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians of the North East” and has been a licensed bat worker for almost 20 years.

Mike Leakey – Ecologist

Mike joined INCA in October 2016 following a 25 year career with Natural England / English Nature, almost all of which was spent looking after Teesmouth National Nature Reserve. He also did a range of other jobs at various times during this period, including responding to statutory planning consultations, notifying and monitoring SSSI, and acting as team leader. Mike’s main interests are ornithological, and he is particularly proud of his record as Local Organiser for the Tees Estuary Wetland Bird Survey from January 1993 to September 2016, overseeing 285 monthly Sunday counts and participating in all but nine of them. His other interests include walking, running (slowly and not very far!), Northern League football and real ale.

Phil Roxby – Ecologist

Phil joined INCA in 2019 from Darlington Council where he worked as their ecologist for 16 years and before that, various environmental charities. As Darlington ecologist he was responsible for ensuring that biodiversity was incorporated successfully for both the planning and projects teams. This often resulted in creative outcomes; such as the innovative use of water for ecology in urban business parks, to new nature reserves alongside new road schemes with species rich grasslands. He enjoys finding innovative solutions for wildlife and people to co-exist successfully together within interesting, well designed environments. Phil is licenced for working with both Great Crested Newts and Bats, with a particular interest in birds and butterflies. He is passionate about photography, rock climbing and motor racing.

Tracy Smith

Tracy SmithTracy joined the INCA team as an Administrator in 2009, looking after the Accounts, Payroll and Office Administration. Having previously worked in Engineering Sales for various Bearing & Roller Chain Companies whilst living in South Africa, and working in Administration since 1999, INCA was a new and exciting challenge.  Going forward, Tracy is looking forward to being involved in some of the fieldwork which INCA carries out and is interested in learning more about INCA’s role within its niche.

Tracy enjoys the outdoors, whether it is walking Roseberry Topping or a stroll on the beach. She is also a keen gardener, enjoys cooking, reading, crosswords and knitting.